Dish with the Chinese story of Sima Guang
Hard-paste porcelain painted with colored enamels over transparent glaze (Hizen ware; Kakiemon type)
Diameter: 9 7/8 in. (25.1 cm)
The Hans Syz Collection, Gift of Stephan B. Syz and John D. Syz, 1995
Sima Guang (1019–1086), a distinguished Chinese historian and statesman, was also famed for rescuing a playmate who was drowning in a large water jar by smashing the vessel with a rock. A Chinese fable extolling quick wit and bold action, this tale is also represented in Japanese and European ceramics.
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